Death toll in toxic liquor tragedy rises to 28

2 DSPs, 4 SHOs, excise officials suspended

KARACHI, Oct 9 (INP): The death toll due to consumption of toxic liquor in Karachi the other day has mounted to 28, while four other people were reported to be in a critical condition.

The death toll climbed as four more people expired on Thursday.

According to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) sources, several people were brought here after their condition deteriorated after consuming liquor.

Dr Seemi Jamali, a spokesperson for the JPMC, told media that the people were brought from Landhi, Korangi, Chanesar Goth and Sachal Goth. All were between 15-23 years of age.

She said that 26 others are still under treatment of which four were in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the Sindh government has decided to launch a crackdown against makers of toxic liquor in the whole province.

Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem Hotiana chaired a meeting of senior officials of the provincial government following the tragedy in Karachi.

The meeting decided to launch crackdown against the makers and suppliers of toxic liquor in Karachi, Hyderabad and other cities of Sindh.

The government also decided to lodge murder cases against these elements while investigations would also be held against license holders of methyl chemical suppliers.

The chief secretary also suspended excise officials of areas from where deaths have been reported.

Meanwhile, the Sindh police also suspended two DSPs and four SHOs of Korangi, Landhi, Zaman Town and Sharafi Goth areas.

INP

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